UTSA finance team wins regional CFA research challenge | UTSA Today | UTSA

UTSA finance team wins regional CFA research challenge | UTSA Today | UTSA

“This team was chosen based on their classroom performance as well as their participation in the Investment Society,” said Ron Sweet M.B.A. ’91, associate professor of practice in finance in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business and advisor to the Investment Society. “I knew they were all strong writers and presenters, and they would work well together.”

Putting in over 200 hours to complete the challenge, the group began working on the project over the holiday break and continued their analysis this spring. “The week before our presentation, we worked every night to perfect it,” said Gallegos, who conducted industry research on their environmental company.

“We knew it was going to be challenging, but this is what you do in the real world, and we knew we’d make a great team,” added Terrazas, who is a financial analyst with Dell.

The first round of the competition required a 10-page paper. The second round included a 10-minute presentation, and for the final round the team submitted a recorded presentation. “We wanted to tell a story and make our case simple and clear,” said Wickwire, who is a financial analyst at Buckle.

“As a rising college and new Tier One University, our win helps put UTSA on the map,” added Resendez, who will intern with Victory Capital this summer. “I was able to apply what I’ve learned in my business classes to the report.”

In addition to the experiential learning opportunity, the competition also gave students exposure to finance executives through the CFA. The team was mentored by Ryan Griffin from Southern Wealth Management. “It was a great networking opportunity,” said Johnson, a member of the Honors College. “It signals to employers that you can work as a team.”